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World Cross Country Championship

Saturday 30 March 2019, Aarhus, Denmark

Preston Harriers rising star, Patrick Dever, was only 4th in the selection race and his name was not top of the list when pre-race predictions were being made, but he peaked when it mattered to lead home the British men with a brilliant 37th place against the best runners in the world. The course at Aarhus was described as “brutal” and contained steep climbs and descents, thick mud, sand and a flooded section. Dever pitched his race perfectly and commented afterwards: “I’m really chuffed with that. My aim at the start was to really conserve my energy on the first lap. That course was so unforgiving. Pretty much everyone I went past, I stayed past. I think I judged that pretty much as well as I could have done.”

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